Set on the banks of the Richmond River, Ballina is the commercial & cultural heart of the shire. It's a unique blend of tranquil seaside retreat & vibrant holiday resort. When it comes to life's simple pleasures, it doesn't get much better than this: Ballina and its coast and hinterland villages is a vibrant area with lots of events, entertainment and concerts.
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Ballina is situated at the mouth of the Richmond River on the Far North Coast of New South Wales, and boasts some of the most beautiful surfing beaches and picturesque headlands on the east coast of Australia. It is surrounded by water, bordered by North Creek, The Canal and the beautiful Richmond River making Ballina, in fact, a true Island.
Ballina's name is originally from an aboriginal word meaning "place of many oysters", so it isn't any surprise that there are highly prodcutive oyster leases and commercial fisheries within the estuary of the Richmond River..
The first Europeans to settle on the Richmond River in 1842 were Cedar logging families. As the number of settlers increased Ballina (known as Richmond Heads) serviced the small Cedar settlements along the tributaries of the river. Remnants of these times can be seen in both in Ballina and the surrounding villages and can be explored by taking one of the Heritage Trails - the Norton Street Heritage trail in Ballina or the Alstonville Heritage Trail. You can pick up a copy of both Trail Maps from the Ballina Visitor Information Centre, 6 River Street, Ballina or download a copy from the website MORE
The population of Ballina Shire is around 42,000 with urban Ballina home to around 25,000. It boasts 32 kilometres of white sandy beaches and a glorious hinterland environment, and each year, the Northern Rivers tourism region attracts more tourists than either Tasmania or the Northern Territory. Reasons for its popularity include:
Do as much or as little as you like. Ballina and Byron Bay offer a wide range of activities; all you have to do is decide which one to get out of bed for.
Your guide to land based activities including nature walks, horse riding, mountain bike tours, day trips, golf, entertainment for the kids and more
There are beaches that allow 4WD vehicle access (with a permit) and some that allow dogs and horses. Your guide to sea based activities including scuba diving, surf lessons, snorkelling, kayaking, whale watching, fishing and more
Your guide to air based activities including sky diving, gliding, ballooning and more
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